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The Journey Nelson Mandela

18 July 1918
Mnvezo you gave birth
A birth to a son of Chief Henry 
In the land of the Bathembu 

You nourished your son with 
great breasts
The breasts the never dried 
out of milk
Fort hare and Wits university
The cleavage so huge,he did 
not feel the distance
Both breast he could reach for 
feeding his mind with wisdom

Rholihlahla the trouble make
As you were known back then
The trouble you started 1944 
When pulling the branches of 
Leading them out of apartheid 
era rather than to fire.

Fighting against whites 
Fighting against black 
You had a dream
A dream to see whites and 
Blacks community living in 

1964 to 1982 just before I 
was born
Robin Island was you second 
They predicted you will perish 
Forgetting the meaning behind 
your name
Rholihlahla! The trouble make
Just like a snare,11 feb 1990 
befell them

The whole world felt the pains 
as of pang pains
Indeed there were pang pains 
preceding his resurrection
The Birth of first Black South 
African president
The birth of new South Africa 
A rainbow nations
The birth of international 
Mandela day

Today people world wide 
portray what you've fought for
Humanity, Harmony, Freedom 
and peace
Mimicking your humanity, they 
give willingly to the needy
27 years you reduced it to 67 
minutes to benefit the less 

Under you wings we felt 
We never thought the one day
One day you cease living
6 Dec 2013 when the sun set
It set with the sad news
Tata is no more

15 December 2013
The chapter of great man  closed
Qunu accepted his remians with joy
Son of the soil has returned to it with pride

Your Journey does not end 
You left the world talking
Seeking ways to revive your 
They are concerned about 
reviving you ideas 
If they follow closely your 
They will find the way
R.I.P Tata

Copyright © Bongani Zungu

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  1. Date: 4/19/2015 1:21:00 PM
    Remembering Mandela especially now when there is so much trouble in your land. Thanks for sharing your personal journey with him.

    Zungu Avatar Bongani Zungu
    Date: 4/20/2015 1:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Patricia, Thank you for stopping by and follow through the journey of an old man. Troubles present fresh approach to underlying issues and I hope this will resurrect the ideologies of African renaissance.
  1. Date: 10/4/2014 10:33:00 AM

    Zungu Avatar Bongani Zungu
    Date: 10/6/2014 1:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol, all over africa! what an accolade my friend. Thank you very much. Tata is truly one of a kind!
  1. Date: 12/7/2013 4:54:00 PM
    A great tribute to a wonderful human being. He will never be forgotten, and nor will your wonderful poem, thank you for the red, my friend....peter

  1. Date: 12/6/2013 9:54:00 PM
    A fine tribute to Mr Nelson Mandela. I believe that not only South Africa but also the world have lost one of the premiere leaders of our times. A man who came from out of the darkness into the bright lights of the world stage. I am pleased that you have shared this with us here at Poetry Soup this day.

    Zungu Avatar Bongani Zungu
    Date: 12/6/2013 10:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Donald. This poem is two years old now but I had to edit it on the 6th and it with world because an Icon has fallen. It's my pleasure and I'm glad it made you utter such beautiful comment. SA will never be the same without him.
  1. Date: 12/6/2013 12:25:00 PM
    - A man no one will forget!!! - R.I. P. Nelson Mandela - Nice poem. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Zungu Avatar Bongani Zungu
    Date: 12/6/2013 9:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dedicating the minute and read my poem,means a lot to me therefore I thank you for your comment.